SDCC 2015 begins today, here’s some things that we hope to see at this year’s event. Continue reading San Diego Comic-Con 2015 Wishlist
The End is FOURever – Your First Look at FANTASTIC FOUR #645!
This April, four will stand together…one last time! Today, Marvel proudly presents your first look at FANTASTIC FOUR #645 – the oversized, senses shattering final issue! James Robinson and Leonard Kirk are joined by a murderers row of fantastic talent to give the First Family the grandest sendoff of them all!
Will the Fantastic Four defeat the Quiet Man and the corrupted forces of the Heroes Reborn universe? Will Johnny Storm get his powers back? Will Reed and Sue be a family again or will it all be torn asunder? Questions will be answered in this main feature story!
It’s here! And it’s not THAT bad.
For the most part, prediction articles like these have become more of a series of vague, ‘big-bullseye’ statements that can be easily supported no matter what happens, or, worse, sure things that couldn’t possibly go in any other direction, than anything coming close to a true prediction. Predictions should be risky. So, I’m going to try to stare a bit harder into my crystal ball, go way out on the limb, and get some big-time prognostication going on. And 2015 is full of so much awesome that there’s a lot of stuff to cover, and plenty of predictions to make. I’m only going to cover comic books and comic book films in this article, but I may get into other 2015 predictions later.
The End is FOURever Begins in FANTASTIC FOUR #642!
This January, the countdown begins…and the end of Marvel’s first family is upon us in FANTASTIC FOUR #642 – the first chapter in The End is FOURever! Blockbuster writer James Robinson and artist Leonard Kirk’s epic endgame begins as the Invaders crash headlong into the Fantastic Four and the hunt for Reed Richards and the missing Future Foundation kids takes a dangerous turn! Meanwhile, the mastermind behind the systematic dismantling of the Fantastic Four reveals his ultimate plan. But how does Franklin Richards and his unchecked powers factor in? And why are Jim Hammond, Namor, All-New Captain America and Doc Green hunting the remaining members of the Fantastic Four? Nothing lasts forever. Don’t miss the beginning of the end this January in FANTASTIC FOUR #642! Continue reading Preview: Fantastic Four #642
There’s something uniquely special about a group of superheroes teaming up to fight the fights no single hero could fight alone. It’s an inherent aspect of comic books, and without the Avengers or the Justice League teaming up and solidifying a publishing line as all starring characters that are sharing the same universe, comics as we know them today just wouldn’t be the same. And, whoa boy, there are a whole lot of teams to choose from as Tops from both publishers, so much so that I wanted to do two separate lists; one for DC and one for Marvel. Even with that, there’s so many teams, and from Alpha Flight to the Young Avengers, there’s tons of terrific teams to choose from. So, without further ado, we don’t just list a bunch of X-Teams, give props to the movies, and just really love great stories, as we run down another weekly list in Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: Marvel Comics Teams. Continue reading Top o’ the Lot: Marvel Comics Teams
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It’s been a crazy couple of years for Peter Parker, AKA Spider-Man, and the next couple of years promises even more craziness. We’ve seen Peter go from swearing to make sure No One Dies, to being offed himself by Otto Octavius in the fan-frenzied swap that became Superior Spider-Man, to coming back from the dead (like we knew he would) some time in the next couple of months or so. The future is even crazier with Learning to Crawl being announced, and an idea so crazy that writer Dan Slott needs every single Spider-Man that has ever lived to tell the tale. There’s a sequel to yet another Spidey film due out soon, and I’m not sure the character has ever been as popular as he is right now. And that popularity is well-deserved. Spidey’s been a mainstay in comics for, like, ever, and the Web-Slinger (almost) never fails to impress. With so much going on with Spidey lately it’s easy to know he should get some attention in the Top o’ the Lot, but deciding what to focus on is another problem altogether. Spider-Man and Peter have so many aspects to their lives that the possibilities for Spidey lists are endless. With endless possibilities comes endless lists, and, since I have the time, this’ll have to be a series of lists, and I might as well start somewhere. So, without further ado, we build a backpack out of webbing, stick our street clothes to the Chrysler Building, and run down a slanted and biased list of Spider-Man’s coolest threads in Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: Spider-Man’s Suits.
Honorable Mention: The Classic Red and Blue (With Web Armpits!)
It’s impossible for me not to put this suit on the list. It’s too classic, too important, and too damned cool to keep it off. Every other suit that has come after this has some part of it’s elements, not matter how far apart, taken from this very first suit. The web-shaped lines, the Spider logo, the subtle blue/blackness, even those crazy web armpits, have been copied again and again, and can be seen in just about every iteration in the rest of the Lot. It’s a slanted and biased list, yes, but I haven’t completely lost my mind just yet, and this suit has to have at least a mention in a Top o’ the Lot o’ Spidey’s Suits. Peter built it best way back when, and although other suits are more streamlined and high-tech, you never forget your first.
5. Ultimate Spider-Man
Ultimate Pater Parker’s suit was pretty awesome, but it wasn’t really anything different, either. Mile Morales’ suit, on the other hand, is beautiful, new, and different, and stands as a testament to Miles’ harder, more direct approach to taking on the persona of the Web-Slinger. The almost entirely black suit, with blood red spider accents on the mask, chest, back, and hands is so subtly different, yet so obviously “Spider-Man” that, from a fashion standpoint, this suit quite deservedly could be at the number 1 position in this Lot. But being in the Top isn’t just about fashion, and this great looking suit lacks any bells and whistles, doesn’t have nearly as a good of a story behind it, and comes from a universe I really couldn’t care less for. I do really love that design though.
4. Superior Spider-Man
If you haven’t heard by now, you probably deserve to have it spoiled anyways. For quite some time now, Peter Parker’s body has been scientifically possessed by the persona of Doctor Octopus. But, some of Peter’s good qualities rubbed off on Doc Ock, birthing the All-New Superior Spider-Man. The debate about how good or bad this title has been will continue until the end of time, but there’s almost no debating how nice the suit change from Amazing to Superior was. Sure, it’s the same old deign with nothing more than a pronounced darker black being used in the primary, but there was an emotional attachment to the change that really helped signify the overall change from Peter to Octavius. I have to admit, I’m going to miss it.
3. Black Suit
There’s no denying this one! Whether it was the debut during Secret Wars, the whole greatness of the symbiote suit, or the return of Peter’s darker side during Back in Black, the all black suit is the epitome of the the fan-favorite uniform of the web-slinger. It screams emotion in all of it’s forms – whether it was Peter’s struggle with Venom to Peter dealing with his own internal struggles – and also had some pretty high-tech alien perks that came along with it. Sure, there was that whole being taken over by an alien, but Oh, the power! Good on you, Peter!
2. The Future Foundation Whites
For a minute or two, during Hickman’s run on The Fantastic Four, Johnny Storm presumably died protecting the rest of the fam, and Spidey joined the team to take his place. In remembrance of The Human Torch, the team retired the traditional blues for bit, and started wearing these badboys. Not only did this have the emotional tie-in because of Peter and Johnny’s friendship, but the suit, created by megamind Reed Richards, was all kinds of high-tech. While it had all of the FF’s communications tech built in, the suit was made of unstable molecules, and its color could be changed with just a thought from the wearer. But I’m so happy Peter decided to keep thinking the way I do, because those whites were awesome! But nothing beats the tech and look combo in the tippy Top spot o’ this Top o’ the Lot.
1. Iron Spider-Man Suit
Again, for only a brief time, Tony Stark went all Bruce Wayne on everyone, and decided to take Peter Parker under his wing as a protege. This quickly led to Tony building an advanced Spider-Man suit for Peter, and, Oh, Man, was it ever awesome! Not only did it have all kinds of Stark Tech built-in, which aided Spidey in detecting badguys and communicating with allies, but Tony threw in some extra spider arms just be safe. Yeah, I’m not sure what the hell Stark was thinking, either. I thought he was off the sauce! Either way, this suit also had a huge impact on an important part of Spidey’s life, Marvel’s Civil War, and the change away from this suit has a big does of feels to it. The suit was later worn by a whole team of weird clones that made up the team of the Scarlet Spiders, but I think Marvel is trying to forget about that. But I’ll never forget this suit, and that’s why it sits at the very Top o’ this Top o’ the Lot.
Fantastic Four #2
Writer: James Robinson
Artist: Leonard Kirk
Well here it is the make or break for me if this run of Marvel’s first family is gonna be what I’m looking for. The last run fell seriously short of what I was hoping to come out of this title. No offense to Matt Fraction, but Jonathan Hickman’s run was a hard act to follow. Well that being said Robinson had established a very different vibe on this run already. Letting us know that the Fantastic Four are going to fall apart. The last issue was cool but seem bland, set up was cool but throwing the awkward fight with Fing Fang Foom was just ok. This issue kicked it up a huge notch! New fantastacar! Also a swarm of monsters released from the pocket universe Franklin created during Heroes Reborn?! Yeah that’s right Robinson through in that gem. With New York swarmed seemingly the entire Marvel U rolls up there sleeves to help the four out. Only thing is a Hail Mary is thrown and one of the four ends up without their powers.
Now this was a strong follow up to the last issue! Really hammered in the tone Robinson wants in his Fantastic Four. The pace really picked up, I was afraid this was gonna be bogged down with wordy drama, boy was I was wrong. The Fantastic Four are just one if those titles you really have to nail with the right amount of Sci-Fi, drama, and action. After this issue I have to say I think James Robinson was the right call to put in the game. Leonard Kirk delivers a killer look to the title. The red Four costumes are just awesome. I have to say I was surprised how much the monsters coming out of Franklin’s pocketverse had me intrigued. I’ve really got to give it to Robinson for reaching back to Heroes Reborn and putting it back into our heads!
Why does Ben Grimm have to go back to shorts?! Seriously I’ve always hate the shorts on him. I loved in FF when he got the pants and the boots. Why can’t I have that in red?! Not enough Future Foundation kids! I got to see them more in the last issue! They have become such a cool device to use in the title, I would like to see more of them. I feel short changed when you have so many good characters to use in this title and like the last run I feel like there all not being put to good use. I know its only issue two, and I understand the main focus should be on the four, but a tiny bit more FF wouldn’t hurt.
Was a much better start to this run. While I enjoyed the last issue I wasn’t sure if I could commit to the rest of this run. I can’t give the for sure answer just yet. I can say I really enjoyed what was done in this issue. Its still not Hickman’s run but I can def say its already better than Fraction’s run. Leonard Kirk’s art is just awesome, seeing him draw some of the Avengers was a wonderful little gem in this. The ending had me wanting the next one which is always a good thing. I’m gonna keep this on my pullist!
Gets 3 clobbering times out of 5